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Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide – is there a difference between the two?  If so, what makes each one unique?

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are excellent acne fighters, and they are the most affordable over the counter acne treatments on the market.  Both active ingredients work to exfoliate dead skin cells and clear up acne, but using the wrong product can exacerbate your acne situation.  Use caution as the two products are not interchangeable. Now, the task is determining which product is right for you?

Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) used to exfoliate the skin by removing dead cells from the surface of the skin.  Derived from aspirin, salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory used to reduce redness and inflammation.  This active ingredient gives the perfect punch to inflamed spots, blackheads, oily skin, and redness.  Salicylic acid is an ideal choice for anyone suffering from adult acne.

Benzoyl peroxide is a combination of benzoic acid and oxygen to get inside the pores and kill P.acnes – the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation.  Benzoyl peroxide works to exfoliate dead skin cells and penetrate deep down to dry up excess sebum and unclog the pores, creating a drying effect.  This active ingredient works best on whiteheads and cystic acne.  Due to its bleaching properties, benzoyl peroxide may stain sheets white, so use caution when using this product in the evening.

Acne can be an embarrassing and frustrating problem from adolescence into adulthood, but armed with the proper knowledge, your condition can be managed and kept well under control.  Together we can design an acne regimen and treatment plan that is suited best for your skin.  Schedule your visit today!